Nursing & Health
Past, Present and Future, Nurses and Other Health Professionals are Vital
to the Work of the Red Cross
The American Red Cross relies on the more than 20,000 nurses and other health professionals who bring our mission to life each day. Talented, practical and generous, these volunteers and staff members bring relief to disaster victims, work in military hospitals, and collect lifesaving blood. They develop and teach courses ranging from CPR/first aid to disaster preparedness. And they serve in management, supervisory, and governing roles throughout our organization.
Are you a nurse, nursing student or other health professional? Whether you are new to the Red Cross, re-engaging after time away, or have been living our mission for many years, we welcome you and thank you for your service. In these pages you can stay up to date with Red Cross nursing and health topics, find opportunities to get involved, and celebrate the achievements of your colleagues.
90% of the work of the Red Cross is done by volunteers. Nurses and other health professionals serve as clinicians, educators, leaders and more. Use our volunteer role finder to explore opportunities in your community.
All Red Cross nurses are part of the Nursing Network. In partnership with the National Nursing Committee and the Office of the Chief Nurse, the network ensures that nurses and health professionals are supported in the many duties they perform throughout our organization.
Awards & Recognition
Explore the ways we recognize and celebrate the achievement of Red Cross nurses, including our national and international awards, service pins, and National Nurses Week activities.
Red Cross Nurses in Action
Nurse volunteer Melody Belloff rewraps Greg Stell’s swollen foot at the American Red Cross shelter in Wickenburg, Arizona. Stell aggravated earlier stress fractures while running from a wildfire threatening his mountain community of Yarnell. Stell, his wife and his five-year-old daughter Kairi are among the hundreds of people who have found food, water, emotional support and a safe place to stay in Red Cross.
American Red Cross Nurse Regina Hudson with Jermiya Jackson at the Red Cross shelter at the Hawkins United Methodist Church in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Red Cross and EMT workers Jacci Skogerboe and Cody Petersen help 10-year-old Unique Lloyd who has an ear infection. For the past nine days, Unique and her family have been staying at the Red Cross shelter since their home lost power and the water was shut off after powerful storms struck their neighborhood.
American Red Cross is responding to the flooding throughout South Carolina.
Annias Baker, 78, has lived in the Monroe, Louisiana, home he shares with his sister for 30 years, and this is the first time it has flooded. He and his sister evacuated to a Red Cross shelter nearly a week ago. Because health concerns make getting around difficult, Red Cross nurse Joan Nyitrai was able to provide him with a wheelchair to make his time away from home a little more comfortable.
September 16, 2017. Key West, The Florida Keys. Michael receives disaster health services from Red Cross volunteer nurse Kelly Suter, Key West, Florida.
September 16, 2017. The Florida Keys. “That’s so awesome. I want to cry,” says Kimberly after Red Cross volunteer nurse Kelly removed a piece of glass lodged in Kimberly’s foot for four days in Key West, Florida.
September 6, 2017. Corpus Christi, Texas. Red Cross Volunteer Nurse Veronica, RN checks the blood pressure of shelter resident Mark in Corpus Christi, TX.
October 24, 2016. Kinston, North Carolina. Sarah Adkins, a Red Cross nurse from the Cascades Region in Portland, OR, gets a hug from shelter resident Dorothy Peterson. Sarah has been volunteering as a nurse at the shelter and was headed back home.
September 20, 2017. Big Pine Key, Florida. During Hurricane Irma, Big Pine Key resident Christina swam from her flooded trailer to a boat across the street. She welcomed health services from Red Cross volunteer nurse Marie, RN, Missouri.
Phillip Bovender, RN, CCRN, TCRN, Mid-Atlantic Associate Division Nurse Leader, receives an International Services award for the Red Cross Nursing Network.